Pre-turkey day Arkansas headlines

Sen. Mark Pryor has finished reading the Senate’s health care bill but is not ready to take a position on it.

Gov. Beebe has appointed Danyelle Walker of Little Rock to replace Justice Jim Gunter in the hearings that will consider an appeal of the Public Service Commission decision allowing a coal-fired power plant to be built in Hempstead County.

More than 1,300 children and adults with disabilities are on a waiting list for in-home services because the state can’t aftord to pay its part of the required federal match. Lawmakers have been told the state needs $15 million to be able to provide help in the most cost effective way — in-home and community based setting,

Bridgette Frazier had left her job as legal counsel for the lottery in a dispute over which employees are entitled to merit pay increases.

The Legislature is likely to set lottery-funded scholarships at $5,000 per year to attend a four-year school and $2,500 per year to attend a two-year school, according to House Speaker Robbie Wills.

Extending broadband Internet access to all Americans is “the great infrastructure challenge of our time,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said at the Clinton School of Public Service..

Windstream Corp. announced an agreement to acquire Iowa Telecommunications Services Inc. in a deal valued at $1.1 billion.

Oklahoma’s federal lawsuit against Arkansas poultry companies will continue to focus on phosphorus in the Illinois River watershed and give little attention to bacteria issues.

Tyson Foods reports a $455 million loss in the fourth quarter, compared with net income of $48 million in the same quarter of 2008.

A mobile home in Pulaski County caught fire Tuesday morning after what authorities believe to be an explosion caused by a gas leak. Two people escaped safely after the blast.

A West Helena man has been charged with reckless homicide in connection with a fatal punch in a Memphis parking lot in July. According to a police affidavit, Jason  Harcourt exchanged words with Carl Brown after Brown asked him for money.

Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson has filed a complaint of domestic abuse after his girlfriend, Shelly Bridges, allegedly hit him several times on the head with a telephone. Authorities report a bruise and blood coming out of the left eye.

An alleged prank that involved breaking into a house on the west side of Pine Bluff to eat a sandwich, ended in the arrest of a man on burglary and theft charges. Germaine Toney, reportedly told police the other young man didn’t want to eat a bologna sandwich, but took some jewelry instead.


About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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